novelty earrings forget me not golden sickle

Golden sickle and forget-me-nots

Herbarium Nr. 033 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Earrings Place London Date 1855-1873. Collected by Harry Emanuel Material Enamel, 625/1000 gold 15 k – Hooks 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 38,7 x 15 mm Total Weight 4,79 grams Condition Good. Hooks possibly added later Price 1950 EUR     A pair of enameled Victorian novelty earrings in the shape of a golden sickle combined with forget-me-not flowers. These earrings are clearly made by Harry Emanuel (1825-1898) from London. He took over his father’s jewellery business in 1855, working there as a goldsmith until 1873. He was mainly known for a patented…

flowers to sprinkle

Flowers to sprinkle

Herbarium Nr 94 Scientific Name BRASSICALES Common Name Set enameled flower pins Type 13 pins, small brooches Place Italy Date 1950’s-6o’s Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel Size 15,5 – 18 mm Total Weight 36,2 grams Condition Good Price 4350 EUR     A bouquet of enameled brooches; colourful flowers to sprinkle on your clothes. These pins look great on a collar, but also on a hat or bag. Some pins are identical pairs, but most of them are various flowers. They might be fantasy flowers, but others seem to be Brassicales, a family of flowering vegetables; some…

Köchert antique enameled rose

A white rose by Köchert

Herbarium Nr 119 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Brooch Place Vienna Date Approximately 1880 Collected by A.E. Köchert Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, translucent enamel, rose-cut diamonds, a natural pearl Size 36,7 x 25,4 mm Total Weight 8,56 grams Condition Good. Enamel excellent. Boxed Price 3950 EUR     An antique enamel, natural pearl & diamond flower brooch by Köchert, ca. 1880. The very naturalistic rosebud comes with the original box.A. E. Köchert is one of the oldest jewellers in Austria, founded by Jakob Heinrich Köchert, Vienna, in 1814. The Austrian Empress Elisabeth, Sissi, adorned her hair with diamond stars made…

Black, Starr & Frost enameled rose

Roses are a girl’s best friend

Herbarium Nr 142 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Brooch Place New York Date Approximately 1890 Collected by Black, Starr & Frost Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel, old European cut diamond set in platinum Size 31,3 x 31 mm Total Weight 12,3 grams Condition Good Price 2750 EUR     An antique American enamel & diamond flower brooch by Black, Starr & Frost, New York, circa 1890. A dangling dewdrop, represented by an old European cut diamond, set in platinum, adds a sparkle. The brooch is hallmarked BSF for Black, Starr & Frost. Founded in 1810 by Isaac Marquand –…

Mistletoe enamel

Mistletoe

Herbarium Nr 101 Scientific Name VISCUM ALBUM Common Name Mistletoe Type Brooch Place Italy Date 1970’s Collected by Baril Meteo Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel, cultured pearls Size 35,6 x 31,2 mm Total Weight 5,28 grams Condition Good Price Sold       Kissing under the mistletoe was first referred to in late 18th century England. Some claim the origins of this tradition are within Norse mythology. But, history aside, no excuse is needed to kiss a loved one under a real mistletoe, or while wearing this brooch. Source image 3: anaphylaxis.org.uk   Please follow and like us:

Chrysanthemum cufflinks

Chrysanthemum cufflinks

Herbarium Nr 100 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum, chrysanth Type Cufflinks Place USA Date 1920’s Collected by Unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 k, enamel Size 13,5 mm Total Weight 7,5 grams Condition Good Price 380 EUR     The name “chrysanthemum” refers to the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and  ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower). Depicted on these cufflinks are indeed golden flowers; stylized chrysanthemums Most species of chrysanth or ‘mum’, the flowers common name, originate from East Asia. The chrysanth is, according to Confucius, one of the ‘Four Gentlemen‘ (the other ‘Noble Ones’ being the plum blossom, the orchid, and bamboo),…

bouquet of roses

Bouquet of roses

Herbarium Nr. 126 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Brooch Place Probably Italian, English import hallmarks Date 1950’s Collected by Unknown. Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel, single cut diamonds Size  41,5 x 38,5 mm Total Weight 20,4 grams Condition Good. Price 1450 EUR     Roses are probably the most popular flowers and they are often depicted in jewellery. A bouquet of roses symbolizes gratitude. Peach roses convey modesty, sociability and friendship. The three roses on the third photo are by the impressionist Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919).     Please follow and like us:

Art deco enamel watch

Art deco enamel watch

Herbarium Nr. 143 Scientific Name TEMPUS FUGIT Common Name Geometric floral pattern Type Watch Place Switzerland Date Approximately 1925 Collected by G.F  Case nr 1548764 Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel, watch, silk strap with period 18 k gold clasp Size 44,39 x 15,23 mm Total Weight 12,9 grams Condition Good. Price 1650 EUR     *   Please follow and like us:

Early rose earrings

Early rose earrings

Herbarium Nr 037 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Earrings Place Belgium Date Ca. 1830 Collected by J (umbrella) V in lozenge shaped hallmark Material Enamel, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 27,6 x 6,2 mm Total Weight 1,94 grams Condition Good Price  875 Euro     The rose is probably the most popular and prominent flower in Western cultures.   Please follow and like us:

Cattleya

Orchid, “to do a Cattleya”

Herbarium Nr 078 Scientific Name CATTLEYA (ORCHIDACEAE) Common Name Orchid Type Brooch Place Newark, USA Date Approximately 1920 Collected by Henry Blank & Co Material 585/1000 14 k, enamel, natural pearl Size 22 x 23,8 mm Total Weight 5,2 grams Condition Good Price 1550 EUR     An antique American enamel & pearl flower brooch by Henry Blank & Co, formed as an orchid, enameled in translucent fondant pastel colours. Around 1900, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The majority of pieces were made in 14k gold, embellished by skillfully applied polychrome enamels with only…

Golden everlasting

Golden everlasting

Herbarium Nr 94 Scientific Name XEROCHRYSUM bracteatum Common Name Golden everlasting, or Strawflowers Type 3 Pins, screwsystem Place Italy Date 1950’s-6o’s Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel Size 12,4 – 17,6 mm Total Weight 7,54 grams Condition Good Price 875 EUR     *Two pins are identical, the smaller one is matching. These pins look great on a collar, but also on a hat or bag. The pins could, if desired, be altered into earrings. Please follow and like us:

Tiffany purple rose

Herbarium Nr 132 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Brooch/pendant Place New York Date Approximately 1890 Collected by Tiffany & Co Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel, old European cut diamond ca, 0.25 ct, set in platinum Size 34 x 35 mm Total Weight 14 grams Condition Good Price 4150 EUR     An antique American enamel & diamond flower brooch / pendant by Tiffany & Co, New York, ca. 1890. 18 karat yellow gold, perfectly enameled rose in velvety purple. A dangling dewdrop, represented by an old European cut diamond 0.25 carat, set in platinum, adds a sparkle. Hallmarked Tiffany & Co. this  flower comes with…

Blooming apple tree

A blooming apple tree

Herbarium Nr 51 Scientific Name MALUS PUMILA Common Name Apple blossom Type Brooch Place Possibly Scandinavia Date Circa 1900 Collected by Maker unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 k, Natural pearls 1,5-1,8 mm, enamel Size 30,3 x 19,2 mm Total Weight 3 grams Condition Good, 3 pearls have cracks Price 1850 EUR     * Please follow and like us:

mum

A mum for mom

Herbarium Nr 38 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum, chrysanth Type Barbrooch Place USA Date Circa 1890 Collected by Unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 k, enamel, diamond, natural pearl Size 52 x 13,4 mm Total Weight 5,9 grams Condition Enamel has some tiny chips Price 875 EUR     The name “chrysanthemum” refers to the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and  ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower). Depicted on this brooch is indeed a golden flower, but it’s completely covered with white enamel. Most species of chrysanth or ‘mum’, the flowers common name, originate from East Asia. The chrysanth is, according to Confucius, one…

enamelled pansy David-Andersen

Enameled pansy David-Andersen

Herbarium Nr 106 Scientific Name Viola tricolor var. hortensis Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Norway Date 1970’s Collected by David-Andersen Material Silver gilt, enamel Size 35,1 x 43,3 mm Total Weight  10,5 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     In the language of flowers, flowers were often used for secret messages to potential romantic partners.  The pansy flower was used to express amorous thoughts like “You are always on my mind” or “I am thinking of you”. Pansy, the name of the pretty flower, indeed comes from the French word pensée; a noun derived from penser, “to think or…

Enameled pansies A.J. Hedges & Co

Enameled pansies

Herbarium Nr 070 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch and earrings Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by A.J. Hedges & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14 k, old single cut diamonds, natural pearl Size Brooch 31,6 x 30 mm. Earrings 20,5 x 12,9 mm Total Weight  10,10 grams & 4,05 grams Condition Good. Hooks altered Price Sold     “You are always on my mind”,  immortalized by a poetic set of polychrome enameled golden pansy flowers. Such a sweet message spoken through the language of flowers. In Victorian England, flowers were often…

lady in a bath

Lady in a bath

Herbarium Nr. 085 Scientific Name LAMPROCAPNOS SPECTABILIS Common Name Bleeding heart, or lady-in-a bath Type Demi parure, Set of a brooch and earrings Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Ca. 1900 Collected by Krementz & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14k, natural pearls Size 28,2 x 12  + 54,8 x 24,6 mm Total Weight 5,2 + 4,84 grams Condition Good Price Sold     At the end of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here, cousins George and Thomas Krementz started Krementz & Co, one of the biggest companies selling gold…

Earrings Flowerbasket

Earrings with a flowerbasket

Herbarium Nr 067 Scientific Name (flowers not identified) Common Name Flowerbasket Type Earrings Place Belgium (French occupation) Date 1798- 1809 Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k enamel Size 83 x 22,6 mm Total Weight 7,5 grams Condition Good Price 1950 EUR     * Please follow and like us:

Garden Cosmos

Garden Cosmos

Herbarium Nr 029 Scientific Name COSMOS BIPINNATUS Common Name Garden cosmos or Mexican aster Type Brooch Place Possibly USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14 k, steel pin Size 26,4 x 30,5 mm Total Weight 5,98 grams Condition Good Price 1550 EUR     * Please follow and like us:

Ivy Witch's Heart

Ivy Witch’s Heart

Herbarium Nr 053 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Brooch in the shape of a Witch’s Heart Place Probably England Date Approximately 1880 Collected by Unknown Material Enamel, 625/1000 gold 15 k, metal pin, old mine cut diamond Size 25 x 24,6 mm Total Weight 4,55 grams Condition Good.  Tiny chip of the enamel glaze missing Price 395 EUR     In the asymmetric “Witch’s Heart”, the heart points to one side. This romantic symbol means “you enchanted me”, “you cast a spell on me” or maybe even “I put a spell on you”. Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant…

1900 · 19th century · Blue flower · Blue-eyed Grass · Bracelet · Enamel · Forget-me-not · Krementz · Newark NJ USA · Patent · Victorian

Blue-eyed Grass bracelet

Herbarium Nr. 066 Scientific Name SISYRINCHIUM Common Name Blue-eyed Grass Type Bracelet Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Just after Sept 6th 1887 Collected by Krementz Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size Length: 18,3 cm  Width: 7 mm Total Weight 12,17 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Nowadays we like products that are either new, free, or durable. At the end of the 19th century, a ‘patented product’ had the same magical kind of ring to it. In that period of time, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here cousins George and Thomas Krementz…

1930's · Blue poppy · Brooch · Enamel · Natural pearls · Pendant · Poppy · Royal Horticultural Society · USA · Watch

Blue ‘Poppy’

Herbarium Nr 011 Scientific Name MECONOPSIS Common Name Himalayan poppy or blue poppy Type Brooch, with an extra hook for a chain or a watch. Place Made in Jamestown NY, USA Date Approximately 1934 Collected by Hallmark Charles E. Baldwin Material Enamel, natural freshwater seedpearls, 585/1000 gold Size 28,4 mm Total Weight 8,4 grams Condition Good Price 1350 EUR     Meconopsis  (from Greek mekon = poppy, opsis = alike) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Papaveraceae.   Fall 1924, Tibet. The renowned plant explorer Frank Kingdon-Ward comes upon ‘a stream of blue poppies, dazzling as sapphires in the pale light’. His expedition is…

1900 · Brooch · Enamel · Language of Flowers · Newark NJ USA · Pansy · Pearl

Pansy

Herbarium Nr 007 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown maker, hallmarked 14 ct gold Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size 26,7 x 28,75 mm Total Weight 4,47 grams Condition Good Price 750 EUR     In the later decades of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The growing wealth of the new  middle-class in America, created a demand for affordable jewellery.  The Newark group of manufacturers, which numbered 200 at its peak, was producing 90%…

1950's · Boutonnière · Brooch · Carnation · Christian · Enamel · Flower · Italian · James Bond · Language of Flowers · Legend · Men's jewellery · Oscar Wilde · Pink · Symbol · Virgin Mary

Carnation Boutonnière

Herbarium Nr 003 Scientific Name DIANTHUS caryophyllus Common Name Carnation or clove pink Type Brooch Place Made in Milano, Italy Date 1950’s Collected by Hallmark 293 for Lina Lazzeri Material 750/1000 white gold, diamonds, realistic enameled Size 58 x 33 mm Total Weight 23,3 grams Condition Good Price 3250 EUR     A Boutonnière is a floral decoration worn by men on their left lapel. Since the mid 18th century the traditional method was to push the flower’s calyx trough the lapel buttonhole. Although a fairly sturdy ruffled carnation will liven up any outfit, every day, usually a boutonnière is worn…

19th century · Bracelet · Enamel · Forget-me-not · Hearts · Language of Flowers · Love · Victorian

Forget-me-nots and hearts

Herbarium Nr. 018 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Bracelet Place Unknown Date Around 1880-1900. Collected by Unknown, marked OS 750 Material Enamel, Ruby, 750/1000 gold Size Lenght bracelet 17,5 cm. Width 7,9 mm Total Weight 3,65 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Please follow and like us: